Lizzo responds to body-shaming in VMAs acceptance speech

Lizzo responds to body-shaming in VMAs acceptance speech

It was hard for Lizzo to care about negative comments about her body from comedian Aries Spears over the weekend after her first win at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday. However, without naming any names, the Houston native delivered the perfect response.

Editor’s note: This article contains language some readers may find offensive.

While accepting the Video for Good award for her No. 1 hit “About Damn Time,” Lizzo thanked her fans and emphasized the importance of their vote, especially when it comes to the upcoming midterm elections. The three-time Grammy Award-winner then pivoted to quote Nicki Minaj, and said, “And now, to the b-tches that got something to say about me in the press…” The line was in reference to a 2015 VMAs moment where Nicki Minaj targeted then-host Miley Cyrus with the now-famous line, “Miley, what’s good?”

Taking a different approach, Lizzo instead told the crowd: “You know what? I’m not gonna say nothing. They be like, ‘Lizzo why don’t you clap back? Why don’t you clap back?’ Cause b-tch, I’m winning, ho! Big b-tch is winning, ho!”

Lizzo also shared a video of the moment on Twitter. On Monday, she added: “Lemme make one thing VERY clear— I wasn’t addressing anybody in my speech last night… I was addressing EVERYBODY.”

But the message was likely aimed at Spears, who in an interview with the “Art of Dialogue” podcast over the weekend, said he “can’t get past the fact that she looks like the s–t emoji,” adding that he thinks Lizzo has a “very pretty face” but doesn’t like that “she keeps showing her body off.”

Spears continued: “I’m sorry. Listen, I ain’t the most in-shape n—a in the world, but I still—when you’re funny and you got swagger and confidence and you decent looking … I think I’m at least handsome—you get p—y. But a woman that’s built like a plate of mashed potatoes is in trouble.”

Spears also went on to bash women who support Lizzo. “You know what kills me about women is the hypocrisy and the contradictions,” he said. “F–k heart problems, f–k heart disease, cholesterol. Y’all claim womanhood and about sisterhood and support for your sister, you know, when it comes to that ridiculous s–t. But if you really gave a f–k, why wouldn’t you go, ‘Black girl, we love your confidence, boo boo, but this ain’t it.”

Spears added: “That’s real love! Y’all jump on me for making jokes, but y’all won’t be f–king real and go, ‘Sister, put the eclair down. This ain’t it. It’s treadmill time.””

Spears’ comments prompted hundreds of Lizzo’s fans to come to her defense on social media. Actress and writer Dani Fernandez tweeted: “No one who is happy with themselves has time to critique Lizzo. Her radiance and self love is triggering to unhealed people. They could shine like she does, but instead of working on their own happiness, they want to pull her down into their darkness. And they can’t.”

Fitness trainer Shaun T. wrote on Twitter: “Did her just…? Ok… I’m gonna ‘try’ to be kind here… I’ve put Lizzo through multiple workouts and she would run circles around this dude any day of the year. 2nd- for those who wanna shame bodies of anyone especially those who are kind hearted humans… F–K YOU!”

Vanessa La Rue Veasley tweeted: “The hate Lizzo really gets under my skin because all that woman does is put out good music, love her beautiful self, AND cheer for everyone else to win.”

Twitter user @GNCordova wrote: “Meanwhile, Lizzo is twerking and jumping around onstage while playing a whole a– wind instrument and this man is dealing with labored breathing just sitting and hating.”

Following the backlash he received for mocking Lizzo, Spears doubled down on his statements in a video he posted to Instagram. “A lot of you women are funny with the critiques. I ain’t funny, I’m fat, unattractive, no woman wants me. They always try to hurt you with what works for you the most,” Spears said. “Stop leading with emotion and anger and come with facts.”

Spears’ comments come just weeks after Kathy Hilton from “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” received criticism online for mistaking Lizzo for the titular character from the 2009 film “Precious” during an appearance on Andy Cohen’s “Watch What Happens Live.” After being called fatphobic and racist, Hilton blamed the blunder on her bad eyesight.

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